- After a turning point in her own life that inspired her to carve out a new path emotionally and physically, Sarah Sapora—now a yogi, mentor, and advocate for size-inclusive personal growth—has made it her mission to empower women to take charge of their own futures, no matter who we are.
- Honesty and self-acceptance are at the core of Sapora's M.O., which scientists endorse as key tenets of resilience and growth. (A 2018 study suggests that when we accept painful emotions (1), we actually tend to heal faster.)
- In addition to engaging with her ever-growing virtual community, Sapora also hosts workshops on self-love and is writing her first book.
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There's a memorable Harvard study that poetically illustrates the power of human thought: After the participants are taught a theoretical piano sequence—that is, invited to imagine themselves playing without ever actually touching any keys—over the course of a week, the muscles in their fingers develop as if they had been practicing on the instrument itself (2).
It's a poignant reminder that when we're faced with a new challenge or learning opportunity, mindset really is everything. Which is a worthy segué into the work of Sarah Sapora, who has spent the most recent years of her life teaching workshops and building a community—online and off—around this very concept. A yoga instructor, size-inclusive wellness advocate, and soon-to-be author, Sapora's self-care doctrine rejects the Instagram-filtered veneer that still pervades so much of the wellness industry. Instead, she suggests that in addition to the victories, we acknowledge and embrace the not-so-pretty moments we face in the pursuit of personal growth. Her bottom line: Even if the path ahead isn't always clear, resolve still has a funny way of getting us where we need to be.
This platform is very much built by her own story. "I used to live in a way where I strangled my own possibility in life and I didn't even know it," she says. "So if there is a woman out there who decides, 'I want more for my life. I'm going to figure this shit out and I'm going to hunker down because I deserve it.' If I can in some way facilitate that happening for her, then cool. I've done my job."